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No One Should Have No One

Published on 08 December 2017 03:25 PM

No one should have no one

No one should have no one

No matter what your age, being loved and cared for is important to all of us.

But during Christmas the companionship and support of friends and family seems to mean even more than usual – which is why loneliness feels even harsher.

At Age UK Lewisham and Southwark, we believe no one should have no one. Not at Christmas. Not ever.

Yet for 40,000 older people in London, loneliness is a daily reality. And we don’t just mean at Christmas.

Feeling invisible

Across England, 1.9million older people often feel ignored or invisible and the festive season can often serve to enhance that loneliness and isolation at a time synonymous with family and togetherness.

We need to make a difference. We need to make sure support is available for all older people who find their lives adversely affected by loneliness or isolation, whatever the time of year.

Here in Lewisham and Southwark we’re working as hard as we can all year round to help older people face the different challenges that growing older brings, and with your help we can work to make sure no one in later life need be alone or isolated.

Whether it’s through our day centres, like the Stones End Day Centre or Yalding Healthy Living Centre, our information and advice around getting the financial support people need to make the most of their later years or just being somewhere to turn when things get too tough to cope with on your own, Age UK Lewisham and Southwark provides crucial companionship, advice and support to thousands of people every year.

How you can help

We want to make sure that we can continue to be here for those who need us the most, but we can’t do any of this without your help.

If you want to change the lives of older people in Lewisham and Southwark this Christmas, please text AULS17£5 to 70070 to donate £5 to help combat loneliness locally.

With your help, we can keep working to change the lives of local older people and make sure no one has no one at Christmas - and all year round.

All the money raised will go directly to our local day centre.